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3 Essential Boat Knots

Mark from MISSION covers three essential knots that all boaters should know. These three essential boat knots will help make a day on the water easy and comfortable.

There are hundreds of knot options for very specific purposes, but the Cleat Hitch Knot, the Clove Hitch Knot and the Bowline Knot are truly the best basic boating knots to get you through your day (and make you look like a pro!) on the water.

How to Tie-Up with Other Boats: Rafting Up 101
Rafting up (aka "raft up" or “tie-up”) is a term used to describe multiple boats tied together. Learn how to confidently tie-up with other boats here.
How to Choose the Right Boat Fenders and Bumpers
Boat fenders and bumpers provide protection between your boat and a dock. Learn how to select the right size and type of fenders and bumpers to protect your boat.
Tips and Tricks to Learn How to Wakesurf
If you're looking to learn how to wakesurf, we've got you covered. Check out our tips and tricks to make getting up on the board and carving the wave easy and fun.
3 Essential Boat Knots | Learn to Tie
Mark from MISSION covers three essential knots that all boaters should know. These three essential boat knots will help make a day on the water easy, comfortable – and make you look like a pro!
How Do Wake Shapers Actually Work On Inboard Boats
Check out this 3-minute video from co-founder Kris Clover of MISSION Boat Gear and learn how wake shapers work on an inboard boat.
The Ultimate Wakesurfer's Trip to Turks and Caicos | Travel Guide
What better place to test out and photograph our new 2021 products than the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos? We were lucky enough to partner with our friends at Wake to Wake Watersports to put our MISSION gear to the test on that iconic turquoise water.
What the Best Boat Safety Pros Do (and You Should Too)
Learn the basics of boat safety so you can enjoy a fun day on the water and keep everyone safe even when the unexpected pops in for a visit.
Is Boat Etiquette a Thing? Yes. Here's What You Need to Know

Every time we hit the water, we’re there to have a good time. But whether we’re wake surfing, fishing, or just cruising, boating is all about having fun – it’s our responsibility to respect other people, wildlife, and the environment. If you’re new to boating or just need a refresher, here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you’re out on the water.

Teaching Someone How To Wakesurf | Step-by-Step
Help your friends and family learn the basics of wakesurfing so they can have a fun day on the water and experience the thrill of surfing an endless wave.
How To Dispose of Your Floating Foam Water Mat
Did you finally get tired of hauling a floppy foam burrito on the back of your boat and decide to upgrade to one of our REEF inflatable water mats? Good choice. Now the question is: how do you dispose of that funky floating burden?
17 Helpful Tips About the Winterization of Your Inboard Boat | Checklist
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a climate that allows for year-round boating, or you’re just really hardcore, the boating season must eventually come to an end. When the time comes to start thinking about the dreaded day when our boats come out of the water and go onto the shelf for hibernation, here's a little checklist. It's OK. We'll get through it together!
Elements of a Wakesurf Board | Understanding Wakesurfers
Surfboard design has ebbed and flowed along an evolving wave of styles, concepts, and applications – especially once surfers began taking their boards from the ocean to lakes and rivers. Understanding how a wakesurf board is designed and how the different elements combine to create a unique ride will help you choose the one that fits your surf style.
What Kind of Boat Trailer Do You Need? | Questions to Consider Before Buying a Boat Trailer
Whether you trailer your boat every weekend or just at the bookends of each season, your boat trailer is the only thing that can get you from point A to point B safely and reliably. So if you’re not an expert, there are some mission-critical features that you should be aware of.
What Kind of Wakesurf Board Should You Get? | Consider These Things When Shopping
Choosing a wakesurf board is a tough decision, whether you're an experienced surfer or brand new to the sport. This blog will walk you through some of the basics wakesurf board elements, the difference between board styles, and how to pick the best one for your needs and surfing style.
How to Be a Good Boat Passenger | Boating Etiquette | Things to Know
Accepting an invitation for a day out on someone’s boat is easy, but it’s important to be aware of all the hard work the boat owner does just to get things ready. Learn what to bring and how you can help the next time you are invited out on the water.  
How To Weight Your Boat For Wakesurfing
Learning how to properly ballast your boat and set up your aftermarket wakeshaper will help you create a clean, surfable wake without having to drop $100,000+. All it takes is a little know-how and the right gear.
Which Wake Shaper Is Right For You? | Understanding How Shapers Actually Work
Deciding which wake shaper is right for your aquatic shenanigans doesn’t have to be harder than trying to pick your next binge-athon on Netflix while your dinner gets cold. Let us help you understand the different options so you can choose what's best for you.
Tips for Driving Your Inboard Boat | Docking Like a Pro
Whether you’re snuggling up to your own dock after a long day on the water or pulling into a slip at a crowded marina for lunch, docking your boat is never as easy as it seems. Our latest blog post gives you the "how-to" on docking your inboard boat like a pro.
How To Prepare Your Boat For The New Season | Checklist
Oh yes, friends – boat season is here! That means it’s time to get our boats out of hibernation and onto the water. But before we can do that, we need to make sure everything is shipshape and ready for you and your crew to enjoy. Check out our comprehensive checklist on how to prepare your boat for the new season.
How To Drive Your Inboard Boat For Wakesurfing
Driving a boat for wakesurfing is a big responsibility. You need to know the rules on your chosen body of water, you need to be on the lookout for other boaters and possible hazards, and you need to give your passengers a safe, smooth ride. Here are some tips from the MISSION Boat Gear team.